A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A little bit of information about different insects, including exoskeletons, the relative strength of tiny creatures, and the resilience of cockroaches.
Underdogs can make the world a better -- and safer -- place by stepping forward and challenging wrongdoing. When faced with a threat, friends and family can find strength and comfort by working together.
Positive Role Models
Compassionate siblings, empathetic friends look out for each other and the larger world.
Violence & Scariness
Bullies beat up victims, throwing them and smashing them against walls, and one threatens to eat a classmate; parents and teachers seem unaware and uninvolved. Young girl is used as bait. Indestructible robots destroy major cities.
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Gross-out jokes play off the bug-centric world, including references to "poop" and the planet Uranus as gassy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Fly: The World's Smallest Superhero! -- the first in a funny series about a humble hero -- is an approachable chapter book with a bit of gross humor, given the setting in a dump populated by insects. The initial conflict centers on an aggressive bully who harasses and beats up smaller classmates without consequences.
Is It Any Good?
The small are mighty -- and mighty funny -- in Todd H. Doodler's cute chapter-book series about a nerdy fly taking on a predictably resilient bullying cockroach. Short, simple sentences, illustrations on every spread, and quickly moving chapters make SUPER FLY: THE WORLD’S SMALLEST SUPERHERO! a likely winner for very young readers.
Eugene; his sister, Elle; and his best friend, Fred, are kind and considerate and plenty heroic without the use of Eugene's invention. Kids will delight in the goofy, gross humor. This is a world where stale popcorn with spoiled butter is a treat. Charming black-and-white, cartoon-style artwork adds to the appeal.
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